Ladbrokes Tip: Sandown Guineas winners often come off a Carbine Club Stakes run on Derby Day
The Sandown Guineas is a Group 2 feature race held at Sandown Park Hillside in mid-November during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
The meeting runs on the second Saturday of the month after the Melbourne Cup Carnival finishes up the week before with Emirates Stakes Day at Flemington.
Sandown Guineas Day is headlined by two Group 2 races including the Zipping Classic (2400m) for stayers. Also on the card are the Group 3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1300m), Group 3 Sandown Stakes (1500m), Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m), Group 3 Summoned Stakes (1500m) and for the two milers the Sandown Cup (3200m) is another feature.
Run over a mile (1600m), the race offers $350,000 in total prize money to the three-year-olds in the field that face off under set weights and is usually the final spring run of the campaign for its contestants.
The next edition of the Sandown Guineas is set to run on Saturday November 12th, 2016.
Sandown Guineas Field
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||21x221x152||MORTON’S FORK||John O’Shea||Craig Williams||5||57kg||79|
|2||811×11155||BENZ||Gordon Richards||Dwayne Dunn||6||57kg||78|
|3||11||RUTHVEN||Ciaron Maher||Luke Nolen||2||57kg||67|
|4||8×631600||WIMBORNE||Robbie Laing||Kevin Forrester||3||57kg||62|
|5||413||FOMO (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Hugh Bowman||9||57kg||62|
|6||809×4063||STORNAWAY||Robbie Laing||Craig Newitt||7||57kg||50|
|7||136x534x39||FARAWAY TOWN||Matthew Smith||Ben Melham||8||55kg||79|
|8||1×4111||JENNIFER LYNN||Darren Weir||Dean Yendall||4||55kg||78|
|9||2x234x21||SOVIET SECRET||Sam Pritchard-Gordon||Chris Parnham||1||55kg||70|
The Sandown Guineas field attracts a line-up of strong middle-distance performing three-year-olds looking to secure a final Group race win for the spring.
Most gallopers come into the Sandown Guineas field off a run two weeks before on Victoria Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse in the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m).
Recent winners of the Carbine Club Stakes – Sandown Guineas double include Mahuta (2015), Paximadia (2013) and Kidnapped (2009). The Carbine Club Stakes form of 2013 also held-up in the placings with the third placed Equator finishing second to Paximada in the Guineas, when it ran at Caulfield.
Another possible lead-up run is the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) on Derby Day, a race the 2015 runner-up Dal Cielo (6th) came off. The most recent winner to come off a Coolmore Stud Stakes run was Pressday (11th) in 2013.
The 2014 winner Petrology also won his lead-up run at Flemington, while that year’s runner-up Stratum Star came off a Carbine Club Stakes second. Two years earlier in 2012 the Carbine Club Stakes winner Lunar Rise ran second to Tatra in the Sandown Guineas, Tatra turning the tables after a Carbine Club Stakes second.
The nominations are taken the Monday before the race runs on the Saturday with the final field and barrier draw released on the Wednesday.
Sandown Guineas Odds & Betting
Sandown Guineas betting markets open after the final acceptances are taken the Wednesday of race week.
Graduates from the Victoria Derby Day lead-up races like the Carbine Club Stakes dominate the Sandown Guineas odds each year as do runners proven over a mile and further.
Upsets are not uncommon in the race however and the last Sandown Guineas winner to jump at double-figures in the markets was Petrology ($18 in 2014).
Sandown Guineas Tips
Top tips for the race to consider before placing your bets on the Group 2 spring showdown include looking for last-start Melbourne winners and those with form over 1600m and further.
The Carbine Club Stakes has produced multiple Sandown Guineas winners and placegetters over the past decade so locking in graduates from that race is also a good betting tip.
Sandown Guineas Form Guide
The Sandown Guineas form guide gives punters all the information and statistics needed to place a successful bet on the Group 2 showdown including the jockeys, trainers, barriers, track / distance records and lead-up form of the three-year-olds in the field.
In recent seasons the Sandown Guineas form has stacked up in the following year’s summer – autumn races for three-year-olds including Mahuta (2015) who won the 2016 Magic Millions 3YO Guineas next start. That season’s Sandown Guineas third-placegetter Don’t Doubt Mamma also won her next run in the autumn in Flemington’s Group 3 The Vanity (1400m).
Sandown Guineas Results
The Sandown Guineas results have been dominated by smart three-year-olds coming off a top three run in Melbourne last time out and jumping at single-figures in betting for the Group 2 in mid-November.
Notable recent Sandown Guineas winners include Mahuta (2015), Petrology (2014), Pressday (2010) and Kidnapped (2009).
Sandown Guineas Winners
|2016||Morton’s Fork||Ruthven||Jennifer Lynn||1:40.0|
|2015||Mahuta||Dal Cielo||Don’t Doubt Mamma||1:35.9|
|2009||Kidnapped||Majestic Music||Turf Express||1:36.2|
|2007||Schilling||Masked Assassin||Wind Shear||1:38.6|
|2006||Sender||Flame Of Sydney||Wordsmith||1:34.8|
|2004||Binding||Barely A Moment||Al Maher||1:42.5|
|2003||Pay Keys||Ikes Dream||Delzao||1:36.1|
|2002||Dextrous||Lawsons Storm||Cool Azz||1:35.5|
|2001||Moon Dragon||All Courage||Rod To Dance||1:35.8|
|2000||Scenic Warrior||Wyndam Special||Paradiddle||1:34.6|